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November 30, 2012

How a Moisture Meter Solved the Mystery of an Overnight Ceiling Leak

Rude Awakening. 
One morning I woke up to discover a huge water leak in the family room ceiling.  This device helped my track down the cause.

November 15, 2012

How to Get and Keep Your Kitchen Knives Super Sharp

The Dull Truth   The fact is, most kitchen knives are far from sharp.  Not only is a dull knife frustrating to use, it can actually be more dangerous than a well-honed blade since a dull cutting tool often invites the use of excessive pressure making it more likely to slip.

August 29, 2012

Firehouse Kitchen on Life Support Successfully Rescued

The most striking firehouse kitchen in the country.  Firefighters in Palos, IL win a $25,000 IKEA kichen in a nationwide competition co-sponsored by The Family Handyman magazine.

August 26, 2012

How Can I Keep My Cordless Tool Batteries Charged and Ready to Use

Constant charging can reduce the life of cordless tool batteries.  One solution is to use a 24-hour timer and set it to turn on the charger for fifteen minutes a day.

July 06, 2012

Building My Own Pickup Truck

An up-to-date look at ;GMC's Sierra Denali  and the many options and features available in today's pick-up trucks.

June 28, 2012

A Dumpster in a Bag

This dumpster in a bag from Waste Management is purchased at a home improvement store, filled with up to three tons of waste or debris, then taken away.

May 26, 2012

A Dozen Things (and more) You Can Do With a Combination Square

The combination square is one of my most used tools.  This video demonstrates a dozen (I can think of several more) measuring and marking tasks at which it excels.

April 25, 2012

If You Can Use a Utility Knife You Can Build Your Own Shower

A complete tile shower system made of lightweight, waterproof reinforced polystyrene panels and components.  Makes preparing a tile shower truly a do-it-yourself project.

April 19, 2012

An Amazing Screw that Practically Drives Itself into Materials

A uniquely designed screw that drives in with practically no effort and virtually elminates splitting.

April 07, 2012

A Basement Door with a Finish That’s Tough as Nails

Bilco's factory applied powder coat finish takes the punsihment and eliminates the need for painting.

March 09, 2012

Innovative Products from the 2012 International Builders’ Show

A Tour of the 2012 Internation Builders' Show Turns Up Several Noteworthy Home Improvement Product Innovations

August 01, 2011

Are You Tormented by Conflicting Product Reviews?

In this blog, Ron advances a few theories as to why user reviews to products like tools can vary widely and often seem contradictory.

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